Cops told to prepare for granular lockdown

Published August 28, 2021, 12:08 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered all police commanders to coordinate with their respective Local Government Units (LGUs) for the preparations of protocols that would be enforced for the possible implementation of the granular lockdown.

While the granular lockdown is still a proposal being pushed by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Eleazar said early preparations is still necessary to ensure that its would-be enforcement would not create confusion among the public.

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“I have tasked police commanders to start coordinating with local government officials and initiate discussions regarding the possible implementation of granular lockdown starting next month,” Eleazar said.

He said the police and barangay officials should work hand in hand to achieve an orderly enforcement of granular lockdown.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has said the national government is considering making adjustments in implementing lockdowns when there is an increase in the number of infections.

File Photo: Ali Vicoy

The government is considering doing away with massive lockdowns and instead implement granular lockdowns wherein even authorized persons outside residence would be prohibited to leave their homes.

Under the granular lockdown, even Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) will not be allowed to go out if they live in the area where it would be enforced. ONly healthcare workers are excused from granular lockdown implementation.

Eleazar also ordered police offices to prepare the deployment of personnel once granular lockdown will already be implemented in certain areas.